Lessons

Beginners, novice riders and riders returning to the saddle are all welcome and we can help you gain confidence at your own speed and develop at your own pace.

We cater for all abilities and teach from 4 years old upwards.


Pricing

All age groups

1/4 hr Taster Lesson for just £10.00

Children (4-17 years old)

1/2 hr Private £19.50
3/4 hr Private £24.50
1 hr Private £29.50
1/2 hr Semi-Private £17.00
3/4 hr Semi-Private £20.50
1 hr Semi-Private £25.50

Adult

1/2 hr Private £25.50
3/4 hr Private £30.50
1 hr Private £35.50
1/2 hr Semi-Private £21.50
3/4 hr Semi-Private £26.50
1 hr Semi-Private £31.50
  • Hat hire – 50p
  • School Hire (Booking requires) £25 per hour
  • Lessons on own horse are £12 per 1/2 hour (adult or child)

Booking Policy

All lessons must be booked prior to the date you wish to ride and all lessons are subject to availability but for your convenience it is possible to arrange a regular slot, weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

Rider Weight Restrictions

Studies show that there is a direct link between the weight of the rider and the well being of the horse.1 This can range from the horse showing signs of lethargy and discomfort through to specific injury (most commonly to the back and/or foot). The riders weight should be between 15%-20% of the horses weight.

The welfare of our horses is of paramount importance, therefore each horse has been allocated an average rider weight limit. When deciding the weight limit for each horse, we also consider length of lesson, type of lesson, and horse work load. This information will be on display in the office and is with the information on the horses page.

Hat Standards

Following changes the EU commission has made to hat standards, from 2016, the BHS will be implementing changes to their hat rules to phase out the use of EN1384 or BSEN1384 in all BHS exams and competitions.

Hats bearing only the EN1384 or BSEN1384 standard will no longer be accepted under BHS hat rules for 2016.

However, hats would be acceptable if they carry EN1384 or BSEN1384 and another standard such as those listed:

  • PAS 015 (1998 or 2011)
  • VG1 01.040 (2014-12)
  • ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards)
  • SNELL E2001
  • AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards)

This change has a number of implications BHS members may need to consider, particularly in terms of insurance. Here is a summary of how the changes might affect you.

  • Gold members should be advised that insurers may not view continued use of the old standard hats as the stipulated acceptable precaution required. It is therefore suggested that investments are made into hats that meet the most up-to-date standard.
  • Riding schools will be required to insist riders wear acceptable standard hats, and may not be able to defend claims in the event of injuries if this is not enforced.
  • Freelance instructors must advise riders to wear acceptable hats. Should a rider insist on wearing a non-standard hat, this must be documented by the instructor.
  • Managers of livery yards should advise clients on the change and recommend that they get their hats checked.
  • Disclaimers from clients acknowledging their refusal to wear standard hats are not acceptable for insurance purposes.
  • BHS exams, taken domestically or internationally, will require the most up-to-date standard of hat in order to be covered by the BHS third party liability insurance.
  • BRC members will also be expected to adhere to the most up-to-date standard. Members taking part in Area Qualifiers and Championships will have their hats checked and tagged before competition.

The BHS has produced a leaflet with full information on hat requirements.

Please Note: All lessons are taught by qualified and/or experienced instructors. Riding is a risk sport; you are strongly advised to take out personal accident insurance cover.

For further details please call Karen on

07966 671366.


1. Debra M. Powell, Karen Bennett-Wimbush, Amy Peeples and Maria Duthie. 2008. Evaluation of Indicators of Weight-Carrying Ability of Light Riding Horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 28(1): 28-33.